A Florida teacher’s aide was assaulted by a student over a video game. A 15-year-old student brutally beat a Georgia high school teacher. A mob of students attacked an assistant principal at a Texas high school. In Las Vegas, one high school student was beaten to death by his peers after he stood up for a friend. All these incidents occurred this year. But it’s not a new problem.

A study published by the National Center for Education Statistics in June 2022 found that 84 percent of public schools agreed or strongly agreed that the COVID-19 pandemic had negatively impacted students’ behavioral development. Classroom disruptions and disrespect toward teachers and staff, among other things, were worse in 2021 than in 2019. 

Ensuring kids, staff, classrooms, and campuses are safe and secure is paramount to better learning outcomes. To that end, we support a comprehensive approach toward school safety.